Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (November 27, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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To complement the Kumquat tree that I bought my husband for his birthday, I also bought the book Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere by Laurelynn G. Martin and Byron E. Martin. True to form, however, I ended up reading the book and just giving him the highlights. The book itself is by Storey Publishing - a name I tend to trust - and is 160 pgs. It is a quick read that I finished cover-to-cover in just a few hours and is broken down into five parts plus an introduction, glossary and resource guide.Introduction: Enjoying an Indoor Edible OasisPart 1: Citrus FruitsAustralian Finger LimeCalamondin OrangeCitronCitrumeloGrapefruitKumquatLemonLimeMyrtle-Leaf OrangeOrangeSunquatSweet LemonTahitian OrangeTangerineTemple OrangePart 2: The Rest of the Tropical Fruit BasketAcerolaAustralian Beach CherryAvocadoBananaDragon FruitDwarf PomegranateFigGuavaJune PlumMiracle BerryNaranjillaNoniOliveOrangeberryPapayaPassion FruitPeanut Butter FruitPineapplePineapple GuavaRose AppleSapodillaStar FruitTree TomatoPart 3: Coffee, Tea and ChocolateChocolateCoffeeTeaYerba MatePart 4: Sugar and SpicesBlack PepperCinnamonSugarcaneVanillaPart 5: Plant CareGetting Started from the Bottom UpMaintaining Your PlantsPropagationPests and DiseasesTroubleshooting GuideEach entry contains multiple color drawings and photographs on glossy 9 1/2 X 9 1/2 paper.
How would you like to have a house filled with mini tropical trees and plants? I love that idea, it offers so many benefits, from home grown produce to beautiful plants to accent your decor and freshen your air. Understanding what the book offers is not so difficult, since in large, colorful text, the cover of the book gives it's full title: Growing Tasty Tropical Plants* (like lemons, limes, citrons, grapefruit, kumquats, sunquats, tahitian oranges, barbados ... tea, black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, and more...) *in any home, anywhere. Inside the book are dozens of exotic plants, flowers, fruits, and other delectable, beautiful and wonderfully exotic plants that normally grow in exotic climes. As it turns out, any sunny window in your home probably qualifies as an "exotic clime," and the idea of coming home to discover the lovely aroma of some exotic tropical flowering fruit seems a little like heaven on earth.Growing Tasty Tropical Plants includes lovely drawings of each kind of plant, along with many photos and a dynamic layout that clearly lays out pros, cons, intriguing facts, growing conditions, care and potential problems of each plant.And that is what excited my children (and me) so much about Storey Publishing's new book. It appears soon that our sunroom will soon be the new home of a Miracle Berry, which apparently "tricks your taste buds so that everything eaten after the berry tasts sweet, even sour lemons or limes. Be forewarned though" the book thoughtfully continues, "eating too much sour fruit, even if it tastes sweet at the time, may leave your belly feeling somewhat sour afterward.
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